City of Stirling Council Elections: Our take on the Doubleview and Hamersley Ward candidates

Local Government elections are on now! Have your say in who represents you at the City of Stirling. You will have received your ballot papers in the mail by now. These must be returned before 6.00pm on 21 October 2017. Find out more here.

The City of Stirling is responsible for managing the coastal environment from Scarborough Beach to Watermans Bay Beach, so positive representation is critical to its protection.

In a follow up from our article last week on the City of Stirling Coastal Ward candidates, we also reached out all candidates in the Doubleview and Hamersley Wards to ask them three important questions.  Will they:

  1. Support permanent protection for the Quindalup coastal dune systems north and south of Scarborough Beach?
  2. Support the permanent closure of the redundant Main Roads road reserve in the South Trigg Beach Reserve as decided by the Stirling Council on 1 May 2012?
  3. Work with the community to improve pedestrian and cycling access and facilities and introduce sustainable transport options such as increased and improved public transport, bike hire, car sharing and light rail to facilitate public access to Scarborough Beach?

You can read our full letter to the candidates here.

From our perspective at Beach Not Bitumen, three candidates stand out in Hamersley Ward. Dr. Andrew Guilfoyle, Mr. Andrew Owens, and Mr. Jack Garber responded particularly positively, strongly and comprehensively to each of our questions and have pledged to work towards achieving these outcomes. Dr. Guilfoyle has been a proven constant support of these outcomes while on Council, which he has pledged to continue if re-elected.

Mr. Karlo Perkov was generally supportive though without specifically addressing our questions, while Teresa Olow was also generally supportive and very strong in answer to our first question – ‘NOT to support any disruption to our lovely coastal dune systems’.

As there are two vacancies in Hamersley Ward, two of these candidates could be elected.

BNB Comment on Doubleview Ward – All candidates were generally supportive in their responses, though none addressed our questions specifically.

Elizabeth Re has referred to her performance on Council, where she has been a supporter of our efforts to date.

Rob Paparde is strongly supportive of bus rapid transit and light rail, and cycling facilities. But hasn’t committed to protection of the sand dune areas at Scarborough.

Les Atkins clearly has a strong connection to Scarborough Beach, and mentions general support for light rail and Bus Rapid Transit (dedicated bus lane), without agreeing to commit to BNB objectives going into the election.

All responses received can be read at the following links:

Doubleview Candidates:

Hamersley Candidates:

No responses were received from Lucy Nicol, Peter Rose, James Helliwell or Mario Carbone.


Local Government elections are on now! Have your say in who represents you at the City of Stirling. You will have received your ballot papers in the mail by now. These must be returned before 6.00pm on 21 October 2017. Find out more here.

Authorised by Robyn Murphy, 4 Howell St, Marmion WA 6020 for Beach Not Bitumen.

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